TIME AND PLACE:
Doors: 10am – 6pm (Fri, 10am – 9pm)
@ National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
Tickets: £16 book online
Impressionism is one of painting’s best loved movements, but in its time it was highly controversial. If it weren’t for the efforts of the art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel – who tirelessly championed the likes of Monet, Pissarro, Degas and Renoir – many of its greatest works would have never gained precedence.
This exhibition at the National Gallery focuses specifically on Durand-Ruel, fierce advocate and loyal friend of the Impressionists. He became the group’s most courageous backer during the 1870s when their work was still being ridiculed or ignored. ‘Without him’, said Monet, ‘we wouldn’t have survived’.